Eugene P. Ruehlmann Scholarship


Gene Ruehlmann graduated from the Department of Political Science at UC in 1947 and went onto a distinguished career in public service. From 1967-1971, Mr. Ruehlmann was Mayor of Cincinnati and was the driving force behind the construction of Riverfront Stadium, the plaza at Fountain Square, and bringing the Bengals to Cincinnati. In 1968, when riots tore apart Cincinnati neighborhoods, he was credited with helping to heal the wounds and creating city programs to deal with unemployment and housing discrimination. The Ruehlmann Scholarship is meant to honor this great civic legacy. This award supports a current department student, who is committed to excellence as a Political Science major.

Eligibility to apply:

  1. Declared Political Science major, who will be a sophomore or junior during the award year based on credit thresholds;
  2. Demonstrated financial need via FASFA;
  3. Although completion of all four introductory level courses in Political Science (1010, 1040, 1060, 1080) and POL 1001 (or 3000) is not required, preference will be given to applicants who have completed or are currently taking as many of these courses as possible.

Note that the application process for Academic Year (AY) 2017-18 has changed. It includes:

  1. Statement of purpose (250 words or less) indicating that the student is a POL major and intends to continue studies in their major, explain his or her primary interests and plans, state that he or she is applying for the Ruehlmann Scholarship and also authorizes the department to confirm through the university his or her financial need via FASFA;
  2. Optional statement of community involvement (250 words or less).
  3. A 500-word or less essay in which the students should discuss a public policy issue that interests them most as a political science major. As part of the discussion the students are expected to relate some aspect of their political science coursework to the policy issue.
  4. A current copy of the student audit (which can be downloaded as a PDF document from Catalyst).
  5. One letter of reference from a faculty member (preferably in Political Science). Students should instruct faculty members to send the letter electronically to Ms. Cammie Hulett email:;

The 2017-18 application process opens 12/11/2017 and closes 1/19/18. The deadline to apply for the Ruehlmann Fellowship is January 19, 2018. All documents should be submitted online via the centralized A&S application system:  

Note that the statement of purpose and the optional statement of community involvement should be submitted via the electronic form on the awards website while the required 500-word essay and the current copy of the student audit should be attached using the attachment option on the application form. The public policy essay and the degree audit should be submitted in a single PDF document (if possible). To do so, you will need access to a computer with Adobe Acrobat. Langsam Library Computers have Adobe Acrobat installed. Instructions how to merge pdf documents to create a single file using Adobe 11 are listed here: For Adobe 9.0 and earlier users, more information is available here: Contact Dr. Ivanov (email: if you have any questions or concerns about the application process.  

The application deadline is January 19, 2018. The Department of Political Science Undergraduate Committee will review applications and make a decision by February 1. The award will be announced by the end of March and granted for August 1st. The total award amount is $2,500, distributed evenly ($1,250) over two semesters. Note that the Ruehlmann fellowship application deadline for academic year 2017-18 will be in mid-January 2018.  

The Eugene P. Ruehlmann Papers 1956-69 ( are housed in the University of Cincinnati Library and is a collection of over 100 boxes of material open to research on city politics. The collection includes professional papers, campaign records, Cincinnati City Council materials, correspondence, and files on the Cincinnati ballpark (Riverfront Stadium).